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The faithful gather inside St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (AP)

Francis was speaking delivered a message at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday

Pope Francis is greeted by the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (PA)

Francis was speaking at a Mass at St Peter’s Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres

Soldiers in Beni, a city in the Democratic Republic of Congo  (AP Photo/Joseph Kay)

Religious orders say armed men are pillaging villages in the north-east

Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

Pope: 'The Lord asks us above all not to judge and not to condemn' (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

‘The time has come for the Church to take up the joyful call to mercy once more,’ says Pontiff

Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz signed the message from religious (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Nearly 1,300 religious meeting in Rome thank the suffering for ‘their witness of fidelity’

Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa, arrives for a session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family last October (CNS)

Cardinal Napier said reports that Cardinal Kasper was the ‘Pope’s theologian’ were worrying

The bishops' voting guidance will be read at every Mass in Scotland this weekend (PA)

In their election guidance the bishops criticise Catholic politicians who ‘remain silent’ over grave injustices

St John Church in Benwood, West Virginia (Photo: CNS)

St John church in West Virginia, built 140 years ago, was engulfed in a matter of minutes

Pope Francis greets Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the Armenian Catholic Church (L'Osservatore Romano)

Francis laments that nations have ‘not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events’